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Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP

Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP - PCSTATS
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Abstract: PCSTATS has a massive Tech Tip guide for Windows XP covering 101 useful and sometimes spicy Tweaks and Tech Tips that will make your clunkly PC run better!
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS May 01 2011   Mike Dowler  
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Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows
From performance to security and privacy tips; from essential advice for beginners to registry tweaks, PCSTATS 101 Tech Tips will help you get the most out of your PC! - Version 1.3.5

PCSTATS has a little present for you this week - a massive Tech Tip guide for Windows; 101 useful and sometimes spicy Tweaks and Tips that you can use to improve your clunkly PC! Some you might know, some you might not, but guaranteeded there is a lot of interesting advice in this guide.

From Beginner's Tech Tips to registry tweaks, it's all present and accounted for. This list is presented in two sections. The first is composed of tweaks and tips you can implement using options already present in the Windows XP interface.

The second is composed of Registry tips which require the use of the REGEDIT program. Instructions are included, so read on, and enjoy!.

Now before we get started, click on this link to bookmark the guide. There are so many useful tips and tweaks listed here that I'm sure at some time in the near future you'll need to reference a tip here and may not be able to remember the exact URL.

Performance Tech Tips (1-12) Essential advice for Beginners (59-80)

  1. Turn off or reduce system restore to save hard drive space
  2. Altering page files
  3. Clean out prefetch folder
  4. Set priority for individual programs
  5. Cleaning up unwanted startup programs
  6. Defrag your hard drive
  7. Disable unnecessary services
  8. Disable the Disk performance counter(s)
  9. Turn Off Windows Indexing service
  10. Increasing desktop Graphics Performance
  11. Check and set the DMA mode on your drives
  12. Smooth out your mouse movement

Useful Tech Tips for Windows (13-30)

  1. Resize screen fonts on the fly in Internet Explorer
  2. Mouse Sonar
  3. Quick back and forward commands in Internet explorer
  4. Mount a new hard drive as a folder in your C: drive
  5. Enable clear type
  6. Create a keyboard shortcut to a folder or program
  7. Use remote desktop to connect to your PC from anywhere (XP Pro only)
  8. XP Powertoys
  9. Backing up or transferring your email manually with outlook express
  10. Running legacy software in Windows XP
  11. Compressing files and folders to save space
  12. Open explorer window from current command prompt directory
  13. Using Quick Edit in the Command Prompt
  14. Select 'No to all' when copying files in XP
  15. Bypass the recycle bin when deleting a file
  16. Create a link to shutdown your PC
  17. Hosting online games through the Windows XP firewall
  18. Rename multiple files simultaneously

Security, privacy and recovery tips (31-44)

  1. Use the Windows 2000-style secure logon screen
  2. Hiding shared folders with $
  3. Using advanced file security settings in Windows XP Home
  4. Create a password reset disk
  5. Applying a password to the 'administrator' account in XP Home
  6. 'Rolling back' a faulty device driver
  7. Disable simple file sharing (XP Professional only)
  8. Using the Windows XP firewall
  9. Turn autocomplete off in IE
  10. Using the Windows XP repair installation process
  11. Add, Clear or remove the 'my recent documents' menu
  12. Creating a desktop shortcut for locking your computer
  13. Giving a password to the 'Guest' user account
  14. Use system restore when you cannot boot your system normally

Customizing Windows XP (45-58)

  1. Stop Windows messenger from running
  2. Run command prompt utilities successfully from shortcuts
  3. Remove the XP desktop theme
  4. Change start menu style
  5. Add my computer and other missing icons to your desktop
  6. Change the picture in the welcome screen
  7. Add items to the 'Send To' right click option
  8. Automatically run programs when starting Windows XP
  9. Create a screensaver from your pictures
  10. Modify autoplay for different types of CD
  11. Different folder types with XP
  12. Using 'my computer' as a toolbar
  13. Enlarge and resize the quicklaunch bar
  14. Disable desktop cleanup wizard

  1. Stopping desktop ad popups
  2. Displaying hidden files and folders
  3. Convert Your drives to the NTFS file system
  4. Formatting a hard drive partition larger than 32 Gigs with FAT32
  5. Finding your IP address and other information with IPCONFIG
  6. Update your machine automatically
  7. Logging in as the 'Administrator' account
  8. Update your drivers
  9. Check your PC for spyware and other nasties
  10. Show the quicklaunch bar
  11. Locking the desktop
  12. Using the Windows Scientific calculator feature
  13. Accessibility tools
  14. Set a new home page in explorer
  15. Remove the annoying dog from the search screen
  16. Change the look of your mouse pointer.
  17. Email attachments are the most common vector for viruses.
  18. Keyboard shortcuts
  19. Set monitor refresh rate
  20. Set power options
  21. Creating shortcuts
  22. Create passwords for all your user accounts!

Registry tweaks For performance (81-93)

  1. Backing up and restoring the windows registry
  2. How to edit the windows registry (before other reg tips)
  3. Keep Windows operating data in main memory
  4. Disable the DOS 8.3 naming convention to save system resources
  5. Stop the 'last access update' from taking up system resources
  6. Clear the Page File (virtual memory) when shutting down XP
  7. Get Rid of XP's annoying balloon tips
  8. Adding additional Icons to 'my computer'
  9. Speed up the Start Menu
  10. Display message on startup
  11. Set the default download directory for Internet Explorer
  12. Change the size of thumbnail pictures
  13. Opening a Command Prompt to a Particular Directory from Explorer

Miscellaneous registry tweaks (94-101)

  1. Disable error reporting on program crash
  2. Automatically close non-responsive programs
  3. Permanently bypass the recycle bin when deleting files
  4. Show administrator account on welcome screen
  5. Enable/Disable Active Window Tracking to Mouse Movements
  6. Launch Programs at Login Without Using the Startup Folder
  7. Force windows XP to reboot upon crashing
  8. Disable admin shares

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  — Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
 Pg 2.  PCSTATS Performance Tech Tips
 Pg 3.  Performance Tips 3 to 5
 Pg 4.  Performance Tips 6 to 7
 Pg 5.  Performance Tips 8 to 12
 Pg 6.  Useful tips for XP (13 to 16)
 Pg 7.  Useful Tips for XP: tips 17 to 18
 Pg 8.  Useful Tips for XP: tip 19
 Pg 9.  Useful Tips for XP: tips 20 to 22
 Pg 10.  Useful Tips for XP: tips 23 to 26
 Pg 11.  Useful Tips for XP: tips 27 to 30
 Pg 12.  Security, privacy and recovery tips (31 to 33)
 Pg 13.  Security, privacy and recovery: tips 34 to 36
 Pg 14.  Security, privacy and recovery: tips 37 to 39
 Pg 15.  Security, privacy and recovery: tips 40 to 42
 Pg 16.  Security, privacy and recovery: tips 43 to 45
 Pg 17.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 46 to 49
 Pg 18.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 50 to 52
 Pg 19.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 53 to 54
 Pg 20.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 55 to 56
 Pg 21.  Customizing WinsdowsXP: tips 57 to 59
 Pg 22.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 60 to 61
 Pg 23.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 62 to 64
 Pg 24.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 65 to 68
 Pg 25.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 69 to 71
 Pg 26.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 72 to 76
 Pg 27.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 77
 Pg 28.  Essential Advice for Beginners: Tips 78 to 80
 Pg 29.  Next Section: Registry tweaks (81)
 Pg 30.  Registry Tweaks: Tip 82
 Pg 31.  Registry Tweaks For performance (83 to 85)
 Pg 32.  Registry Tweaks for Performance: Tips 86 to 88
 Pg 33.  Registry Tweaks for Performance: Tips 89 to 92
 Pg 34.  Miscellaneous registry tweaks (93 to 95)
 Pg 35.  Miscellaneous Registry Tweaks: Tips 96 to 99
 Pg 36.  Miscellaneous Registry Tweaks: Tips 100 to 101

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